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G’Day Mates!

Yesterday the “hot news” was Obama’s inauguration. When most people realized that I was American they would immediately begin to ask how I felt about Obama and then give their opinions of him and other U.S. political issues as well. It is strange to me because I have a hard time keeping up with the politics in the U.S. let alone in other countries. Many of the people who approached me regarding the inauguration woke up at 4 a.m here to watch it and then I would feel embarrassed to say that I didn’t. I asked the Aussies how Obama sounded during his speech, many replied that he sounded rather somber because he realizes this will be an uphill battle. From what I have gathered the feelings among the people here in Sydney regarding Obama are very positive.

Then, out of politeness and curiousity I began to ask about the Australian Parliament and Rudd who is the new Australian Prime Minister. When I began to discuss Australian politics the conversation nearly ended and one man said, “Yeah, he’s okay. I am sure no one watched him get inaugurated though.” I found it to be very interesting. I realize that United States politics matter across the globe, but to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch another country’s President be sworn in and not even watch your own Prime Minister be inaugurated, kind of strange?

It does make sense that they are so up to date on U.S. politics because of the few network channels that are over here 3 or 4 of them cover U.S. news and it isn’t uncommon to see American news on the front page of newspapers.

Until next time, Cheers!

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